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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (5th July
On the Russian Front...
Soviet Leningrad Front continue attacking Finnish defenses around Tali-Ihantala in the Karelian isthmus
German forces evacuate Brest-Litovsk
The German 4th Army, encircled near Minsk and unable to escape, is being eliminated
In Normandy, France...
VIII Corps of US 1st Army captures La Haye du Puits railroad station whilst VII Corps attacks toward Periers
General Eisenhower returns to England
In the English Channel...
British vessel Glendinning is sunk by U-953
Norwegian vessel Ringen is sunk by U-763
British vessel Ganilly is sunk by U-390 but is then itself sunk by RN destroyer Wanderer and frigate Tavy
Kriegsmarine manned torpedoes deployed overnight against Allied warships and shipping off Normandy beaches - RN minesweepers Cato and Magic are sunk
RN destroyer Trollope is damaged in an engagement with Kriegsmarine 2nd S-Boat Flotilla overnight, beached, and written off
In the British 8th Army sector, German resistance stiffens, but Indian troops reach Umbertide and Poles capture Badia
US 5th Army attacks around Rosignano
In the Atlantic...
U-233 is sunk by USN destroyer escorts Thomas and Baker
British vessel Noreen Mary is sunk by U-247
In the Pacific...
IJN netlayer Kogi Maru is sunk by USN submarine Plaice
Japanese vessel Shinmei Maru is sunk by USN submarine Sunfish off Paramushiru Island
4th Marine Division and 27th Infantry Division of US V Amphibious Corps open new attacks on Saipan
A Japanese counterattack on Noemfoor Island is wiped out by US 158th Infantry Regiment
In New Guinea...
In the Sarmi-Arare sector, US Task Force Tornado captures Mount Saksin
On the Salween Front:
Chinese 8th Army unsuccessfully attacks Sung Shan
Japanese 15th Army HQ orders a final attack on Imphal, but it's divisions, themselves under attack, depleted and unsupplied, are unable to comply.
Indian 33rd Corps reduce the isolated remnants of Japanese forces around Ukhrul
Japanese 33rd Infantry Division begins withdrawing from the Bishenpur sector south of Imphal
Today's Air Raids...
Scholven and Buer, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Belgium Luftwaffe airfields by US 8th Air Force
V-Weapons sites, Northern France by RAF Bomber Command and US 9th Air Force
Luftwaffe airfields, Northern France by US 9th Air Force
Beziers Rail Yards, France by US 8th Air Force
Montpelier, Beziers and Toulon, France by US 15th Air Force. At Toulon, U-586 and U-642 are sunk and U-952 is written off
Guam by Carrier-based aircraft from USN Task Groups 58.1 and 58.2
Truk Atoll, Saipan, Tinian, and Rota Island by US 7th Air Force
Yap Island, Woelai Atoll, Sorol Atoll and military targets in the Palau Islands by US FEAF
Wewak, Moemi, Manokwari, Wakde, and military targets in New Guinea by US FEAF
Canton, Tungting Lake, Tengchung and military targets in China by US 14th Air Force
Hopin, Namma, and Naungtalaw, Burma by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 2 of the Weekend Job
Twitter Followers = 1,760 (down 2)
eliminated = 2
eliminated = 0
New followers = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
A big test of my mental and spiritual development occurred last night when the bus home failed to show up, an event that has sent me apeshit in the past. Though various dark scenarios flashed across my mind, like firing a bazooka into the Bradford HQ of the FirstBus Company and assassinating a random bus driver in reprisal, by the time I got home, 18 minutes later than usual, composure had returned.
This is a significant personal victory! What I have learned is instead of focusing on the failings of others to live up to their own standards, it is important to focus on your own, making the best decision possible in the circumstances you face.
I does NOT come easy! The level of concentration required is very high indeed. However, I have proved to myself that I can achieve it! My intention now is to strengthen this focus to sky-high levels, like a missile "locked-on" to my target, undistractable and adaptable to obstacles.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Which has your attention, your own goals or everything around you?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Damp drizzly start
Cloud will gradually lighten over the morning
Cloud will disappear completely by noon and it will be dry and sunny thereafter and clear overnight
A moderate westerly will blow throughout but die out overnight
Max Temp = 16 degC
Min Temp = 13 degC
Sunrise at 04:43
Sunset at 21:39
Jetstream: Running south-north over Britain and drifting very slowly east
Weathertrack: A large depression centred over Iceland and extending over Britain and Ireland will remain static
Air Pressure: 969 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
My plastic imitation plant has died - I kept forgetting to pretend to water it :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Nick Guerra on Horror Movies
Star Trek's The Borg were initially conceptualized as being insects but
took on their ultimate form due to budget restraints. The hive motif,
9. ZEN WISDOM
“Dig beneath your feet, there you will find a spring.” The place where
you are now is crucial. Never try to avoid that which you must do.